Julie Anne Rhodes for You Magazine
Your conviction and zeal over New Year resolutions may be waning slightly by now, so for renewed vigor I highly suggest picking up a copy of my friend Maya’s book ‘Yoga for Real Life’.
The press release boasts “Fun, uplifting and inspirational Maya Fiennes will do for relaxation and yoga what Nigella Lawson has done for food and cookery.” Trust me, it will be much more. Health and beauty emanate from every pore of this woman. Her talents span from virtuoso concert pianist to Kundalini yoga yogi, conducting workshops and retreats all over the world. Her smile alone could illuminate the entire city of Los Angeles. Maya delivers a book that brings yoga principles into all aspects of your everyday life.
About a year ago, my good friend Normandie Keith called about “a brilliant yoga teacher… The thing about Kundalini yoga, especially with Maya, is that it doesn’t feel like a workout. It just feels like an hour celebrating our bodies”. Kundalini is a very different form of yoga with an immediate effect, combining, movement, breathing and chanting to energize the body and relax the mind, while strengthening the body’s nervous and immune systems. Even Deepak Chopra calls Maya “a pioneer in the field of yoga.”
I was celebrating all right! Every Tuesday morning a bunch of us would gather at Normandie’s while Maya guided, coaxed (she is tough at pushing you past the pain, but she is so upbeat and enthusiastic in doing so, that you don’t want to let her down), and played parts of her beautiful album ‘Cross of Silence’. A natural high swept over me each time that carried me through the day (I also had muscle aches in places I didn’t even know I had muscles).
Julie Anne Rhodes
My body and mind were never better. I will be relying on ‘Yoga for Real Life’ and Maya’s bestselling DVD, ‘Kundalini Yoga Detox and De-Stress’ to help me buoy my spirits and build my strength again after surgery.
Sesame Sauteed Beet Greens
I eat a lot of beets, and I love this recipe because it means none of it goes to waste. The beet greens can be eaten raw, boiled, steamed, or sauteed. They taste like a cross between spinach and kale, and it is a great source of both vitamins A and K. It also adds lovely color to any dish, and can hold it’s own with strong flavors. This recipe adds a hint of Asian flavors to compliment the Marinated Salmon Seared in a Black Peppercorn Crust on my Valentines Day menu.
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- 1 bunch of beets greens (saving beets for another use), large stems removed
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, minced
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- toasted sesame seeds for garnish, optional
1). Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger, cook for 30 seconds.
2). Add greens, and toss to coat. Cover pan, and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until just wilted, about 3-4 minutes.
3). Remove from heat. Add soy sauce, toss well, and serve hot sprinkled with toasted seeds to garnish.
Serving Suggestions: I’m serving this topped with salmon for Valentines Day, but it would also be great with ham, lamb, and beef.